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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

CERTIFICATE: Certificate in Applied Science with a major in Early Childhood Dev.

To improve job knowledge and skills for individuals entering the field of early care and education as well as those already employed in the field.

Early childhood and child-care workers nurture and teach preschool children in centers designed for childcare. These workers play an important role in a child's development by caring for the child when the primary caregivers are at work or away for other reasons. They instruct children in activities designed to promote social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. This is accomplished by planning for individual and group activities that include small group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and play.

Early childhood and child-care workers are employed in private and public centers, school systems, community and state agencies, as well as religious institutions. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor, the average for early childhood and child-care workers is $15,100. The projected growth in job opportunities for early childhood and child-care workers is 21-35% for the next ten years.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: None
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. Does Not Require High School Diploma or GED (NOTE: Non-high school graduates or those who do not have a GED, must score 61 or better on the reading portion of the COMPASS test. )
  2. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Course Requirements


Course Class Lab Credit
ECD 101 Introduction To Early Childhood 3 0 3
ECD 102 Growth & Development I 2 3 3
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 2 3 3
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 2 3 3
ECD 131 Language Arts 2 3 3
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 2 3 3
ECD 133 Science & Math Concepts 2 3 3
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 3
ECD 203 Growth & Development II 2 3 3
20 21 27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  27

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
ECD 101 Introduction To Early Childhood 3 0 3
ECD 102 Growth & Development I 2 3 3
ECD 131 Language Arts 2 3 3
ECD 133 Science & Math Concepts 2 3 3
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 3
12 9 15

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 2 3 3
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 2 3 3
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 2 3 3
ECD 203 Growth & Development II 2 3 3
8 12 12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  27

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person:  

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $12,500.00

Local Average Salary: $13,500.00

National Starting Salary: $15,100.00

National Average Salary: $15,200.00